If you are an avid comic book fan, then you know that all or most super heroes have a backstory where they have endured some tragedy that has shaped their decision to become a super hero. Batman's parents were murdered by a thief. Spiderman's uncle was murdered by a thief - the same thief that a police had asked him to help him catch and he had refused. Green Arrow was shipwrecked and abandoned for five years. Cyborg's father outfitted with experimental implants that made him half machine and half human after one of his father's many experiments went awry and he was almost killed. I'm sure I could continue, but hopefully by now, you've gotten my drift.
If I were to write my own backstory, it would be as follows:
As a child, when others found pleasure in play and surrounded themselves with others, I surrounded myself with books to read, to draw and to write. For reasons I've always been unable to comprehend, I wasn't popular, and I was often teased, and this began before my nerd-like qualities came to the forefront. An animator would probably design me as a small, chunky girl wearing an over-sized pair of glasses and I'd probably be in a classroom or a library with a book while everyone else was playing. I could totally see a teacher urging me to go outside with my classmates and me, giving her a look of absolute distaste with just a small mix of annoyance, shaking my head no. Over the years, I've often been excluded from conversations while sitting right in the middle of one and I've had people say, in my presence about me, that I am cold, unfeeling, unmannerly, insane and not in a cheery, playful way, and several other things. Its like I'm so insignificant that they don't even bother to exercise proper manners.
In light of all that I've disclosed, I think my super hero theme probably shouldn't be so light and bubbly as was previously selected. I'm going to have to go back to the drawing board...
Allison is mother to two active boys who challenge her on a day to day basis with their escapades. In her other life, Allison juggles a regular day job as a marketing executive in a health food organization. At night, when everyone is asleep, she dreams of being a fulltime writer and super hero.